Undergraduate Study
Abroad Program

Italian Language

 Italian Language and Culture is offered at Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels, and uses a variety of teaching methods and group activities to provide students a comprehensive and in-depth study of Italian language and culture.  

Italian Language and Culture is required for all students at The Siena Art Institute.  It is important for students to work towards a working knowledge of Italian to be as actively engaged as possible in their daily interactions within Siena's community.     

Upon arrival in Siena, students will take a placement exam to determine their appropriate course level.  The first three weeks of the semester will spend mornings intensively focused on language and cultural studies immersion.  

ITA101-102 - Italian Language I: Beginners

The objective of the first level course is to introduce the student to the Italian language, covering the basic communicative tools that are useful for everyday interaction in Italy.  The course utilizes an integrated communication method that puts the student at the center of the learning process in a cooperative relationship with the teacher.  This perspective is based on a principle of negotiation of the course content and the teaching strategies between the teacher and the student.  Grammatical theory will be always connected with the practical use of the language.
The students will not only be taught the linguistic system, but will also be given strategies and techniques that facilitate the learning process.  All of the didactic materials used throughout the course, such as textbooks and multimedia devices, are in Italian.

ITA103-201 - Italian Language II: Intermediate

The objective of the 103-201 level course is to solidify all of the linguistic skills covered in the previous levels, while at the same time introducing new, more complex structures. The course utilizes an integrated communication method that puts the student at the center of the learning process in a cooperative relationship with the teacher.  This perspective is based on a principle of negotiation of the course content and the teaching strategies between the teacher and the student.  The students will be taught not only the linguistic system, but will also be given strategies and techniques that facilitate the learning process.  All of the didactic materials used throughout the course, such as textbooks and multimedia devices, are in Italian.

ITA202-203 - Italian Language III: Advanced

The objective of the intensive advanced course is to improve the student's knowledge of Italian Language so that his or her language skills will be completely proficient.  The course utilizes an integrated communication method that puts the student at the center of the learning process in a cooperative relationship with the teacher.  This perspective is based on a principle of negotiation of the course content and the teaching strategies between the teacher and the student.  Grammatical theory will always be connected with the practical use of the language.  The students will be taught not only the linguistic system, but will also be given strategies and techniques that facilitate the learning process.  All of the didactic materials used throughout the course, such as textbooks and multimedia devices, are in Italian.

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